Kelleher expresses concerns over ambulance delays
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has expressed concern following a number of incidents in which ambulances have been late arriving at serious medical emergencies.
He commented: “There needs to be a renewed urgency in ensuring that ambulances arrive on time when they are required. We learned last year that ambulances were failing to meet the recommended response time for one out of every four 999 calls. That is simply not good enough.
“Ambulances are meant to be at the scene within 19 minutes under targets set by the safety watchdog, HIQA.
“Tragic incidents in Donegal and Louth have seen these targets badly missed. In one of these a garda car had to take someone to hospital because an ambulance hadn’t arrived.
“We also saw incidents in Cork just before Christmas when ambulances were stalled at CUH because their patients could not be admitted to hospital.
“I will be seeking to raise these matters with the Minister for Health James Reilly when the Dáil returns next week. People in need of emergency medical care need to be reassured that when an ambulance is required that it will be able to respond to an incident in a timely manner.”